New musical Rumi will be showcased in a semi-staged concert at the London Coliseum.
The piece has been created by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman, based on a story by Evren Sharma.
Inspired by the 13th century philosopher and poet Rumi, the musical previously launched with a full length concept album starring Ramin Karimloo and Nadim Naaman.
The pair will reprise their roles for the concert, running on 23 and 24 November 2021, with further casting including Casey Al-Shaqsy and Soophia Foroughi.
Bronagh Lagan directs with orchestrations and arrangements by Joe Davison,vocal arrangements by Nikki Davison, choreography by Anjali Mehra and Middle Eastern musical supervision by Maias Aylamani. Ali Matar is the producer.
Full cast and creatives will be confirmed soon while tickets go on sale from 14 September.
The legacy of 13th century philosopher and poet Rumi has touched millions around the world and continues to make an impact in its universality and utilitarian nature; a legacy which has lasted eight centuries and has inspired all nationalities, ages, faiths and backgrounds. But how did it all begin?
‘Rumi: The Musical’ examines the transformative and powerful relationship between Rumi and his mentor Shams Tabrizi, and how this extraordinary friendship, integral to Rumi’s development as both thinker and writer, impacted the lives of Rumi’s family, friends and followers, contextualising many of his popular words and works.
Dana Al Fardan said: “Writing Rumi felt like a blessing, during a period of so much upheaval in the world. The show’s emphasis is on looking within ourselves, and accessing the abundant sphere of creative force which shapes our conception of reality. It has been such a healing journey and I can’t wait to share our show with audiences at The London Coliseum.”
Nadim Naaman added: “We were so thrilled with the response to the release of the Rumi concept album earlier this year, and to its unique qualities as a piece of theatre. I am so grateful that we now have live performances to look forward to, particularly after the challenges we have all faced as an industry in the recent past.
“We are hugely grateful to everyone at English National Opera for welcoming Rumi onto the majestic stage of the London Coliseum.”